Speaking during a monitoring visit to the Mzimba facility Wednesday the organizations communications and humanitarian diplomacy specialist Mr Felix Washoni said the treatment centers are crucial as the two districts are potential hotspots for covid19 cases
Washoni said this is especially so as Mzimba like Mangochi have a share people returning from South Africa hence it might be overwhelmed with Covid19 cases.
"There is an increase in Covid19 cases being registered in Malawi and also you are aware that Mzimba and Mangochi districts are high risk districts simply because these two districts have a lot of people working in South Africa and now with the effects of lockdown in South Africa a lot of the people have started returning home so you have noticed that after tests a good number are testing positive", said Washoni.
He said the projects are being funded to the tune of K108 million from the Agriculture Transformation Initiative ATI
The isolation treatment center has female and male wards which will be equipped with equipment to fully support critically ill Covid19 patients
Malawi Red Cross Society has also supported the Mzimba health office with a tent which is being utilized as the rehabilitation work is taking place.
In his remarks Mzimba south health promotion officer Mr Ulunji Luhanga concede that they are being overwhelmed with a rise in Covid19 cases where a number of those affected are front line health workers
"We are grateful and appreciative of what our partner Malawi Red Cross Society has done as government we are constrained to do everything. This is commendable as we are experiencing a surge in Covid19 cases currently we have registered 45 cases so far and one has died", said Luhanga
The mathematical modelling on Covid19 indicates that Mzimba will have 900000 cases where over 3000 might die from the disease.
Apart from rehabilitation works the Malawi Red Cross Society has trained its volunteers who are sensitizing people mostly in the rural areas on prevention of Covid19 through a door to door campaign